Description

The Early Childhood Education program focuses on delivering an educational foundation in the growth and development of young children. The program prepares students to work with children to promote their cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social development.  As part of the program, students will work directly with young children in the model laboratory on campus or on approved sites. A Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion. Outside work required.

Objectives

The Early Childhood Education program is intended to provide career-focused students an educational foundation for working with young children in varied educational settings.

Students will:

  • Describe basic concepts of child development
  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the characteristics and needs of young children including factors that influence their learning environments
  • Plan/Create safe/healthy/respectful/supportive learning environments
  • Comprehend observations, documentation, assessments, and their uses to improve child development
  • Understand and apply skills to support children’s social/emotional/physical/intellectual advancement together with language and literacy development
  • Identify and work with differing approaches, instructional methodologies, and tools used to interact and constructively work with children and their families/communities 
  • Uphold ethical guidelines and professional standards, applying knowledge gained in the program to real world scenarios
  • Comprehend language development fundamentals, recognize language competencies and language acquisition
  • Understand concepts and theories in social development and social learning
  • Apply developmentally appropriate and effective practices for learning through curriculum development and curricular procedures

Prerequisites

  • Background check and drug screening where applicable
  • Have a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent 
  • Pass the entrance examination

Early Childhood Education Associate Of Science Degree

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
Course Outline

To receive an Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, students must complete 36.0 semester credit hours in their core courses and 24.0 semester credit hours in general education courses for a total of 60.0 semester credit hours. This Associate of Science Degree program can be completed in 20 months for full-time students.

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Core Courses: 36.0 credit hours

Credit Hours
ECD 1000 Secure and Nurturing Environments for Young Children w/CPR 3.0
ECD 1200 Infant and Toddler Care 3.0
ECD 1300 Early Childhood Development 3.0
ECD 2000 Assessment and Directional Learning in Early Childhood 3.0
ECD 2100 Foundations in Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3.0
ECD 2200 Early Childhood Education Literacy 3.0
ECD 2400 Early Childhood Education Administration 3.0
ECD 2500 Early Childhood Development Practicum I 3.0
ECD 2600 Early Childhood Development Practicum II 3.0
ECD 2700 Early Childhood Development Practicum III 3.0
ECD 2800 Early Childhood Development Practicum IV 3.0
ECD 2900 Early Childhood Development Practicum V 3.0

General Education Courses (24.0 credit hours)

Credit hours in parenthesis indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline. The courses listed are not all inclusive.

Behavioral/Social Science (3.0 credit hours)

IDS 1107 Strategies and Success 3.0
PSY 1012 Introduction to Psychology 3.0

Communications (3.0 credit hours)

SPC 1017 Speech 3.0

Computers (3.0 credit hours)

CGS 1060 Introduction to Computers 3.0

English (3.0 credit hours)

ENC 1101 English Composition I 3.0

Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)

AML 1000 American Literature 3.0
ENL 1000 English Literature 3.0

Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)

MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
STA 2023 Statistics 3.0

Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BSC 2086 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 3.0

Early Childhood Education Bachelor Of Science Degree

Campus Information
Method of Delivery
  • On Campus
Course Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, students must complete 81.0 semester credit hours in their core courses and 39.0 semester credit hours in general education courses for a total of 120.0 semester credit hours. This Bachelor of Science Degree program can be completed in 40 months for full-time students.

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Core Courses: 81.0 credit hours

Credit Hours
ECD 1000 Secure and Nurturing Environments for Young Children w/CPR 3,0
ECD 1200 Infant and Toddler Care 3,0
ECD 1300 Early Childhood Development 3,0
ECD 2000 Assessment and Directional Learning in Early Childhood 3,0
ECD 2100 Foundations in Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3,0
ECD 2200 Early Childhood Education Literacy 3,0
ECD 2400 Early Childhood Education Administration 3,0
ECD 2500 Early Childhood Development Practicum I 3,0
ECD 2600 Early Childhood Development Practicum II 3,0
ECD 2700 Early Childhood Development Practicum III 3,0
ECD 2800 Early Childhood Development Practicum IV 3,0
ECD 2900 Early Childhood Development Practicum V 3,0
ECD 3100 Early Childhood Foundations of Language 3,0
ECD 3200 Physical Learning Environments in Early Childhood 3,0
ECD 3300 Teaching Foundations 3,0
ECD 3400 Mentoring to Improve Quality in Early Childhood Education 3,0
ECD 3500 Community Engagement in Early Childhood Education 3,0
ECD 3600 Exceptional Children: Approaches and Support 3,0
ECD 3700 Cultural Diversity in the Classroom 3,0
ECD 3800 Early Childhood Social Development 3,0
ECD 4100 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3,0
ECD 4200 Practicum Rotation – Infants 3,0
ECD 4300 Practicum Rotation – Toddlers 3,0
ECD 4400 Practicum Rotation – Pre-school 3,0
ECD 4500 Practicum Rotation – Pre-Kindergarten 3,0
ECD 4600 Practicum Rotation – Kindergarten 3,0
ECD 4700 Practicum Rotation – After School Care 3,0

General Education Courses (39.0 credit hours)

Credit hours in parenthesis indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline. The courses listed are not all inclusive.

Behavioral/Social Science (9.0 credit hours)

IDS 1107 Strategies and Success 3.0
PSY 1012 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
SYG 1001 Sociology 3.0

Communications (3.0 credit hours)

SPC 1017 Speech 3.0

Computers (3.0 credit hours)

CGS 1060 Introduction to Computers 3,0

English (6.0 credit hours)

ENC 1101 English Composition I 3.0
ENC 2102 English Composition II 3.0

Humanities/Fine Arts (6.0 credit hours)

AML 1000 American Literature 3.0
ENL 1000 English Literature 3.0

Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)

MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
STA 2023 Statistics 3,0

Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BSC 2086 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 3.0